January 2014 Archives

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Amherst, N.H.—An extremely rare Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec manuscript will be auctioned in February by New Hampshire-based RR Auction.

In this two-page autographed manuscript, in both French and Latin, Lautrec tells the legend of Hercules and Cacus, and includes sketches in his inimitable style.

Manuscript reads in part (translated): “The face was horrible; his strength was matching his stature, his body was huge and this monster was the son of Vulcan. The dwelling was a cave with deep refuges, and so hidden that wild animals could hardly find it. Human heads and arms are nailed at the entrance; dried up ground is whitened by bones.”

New York—Christie's is honored to announce early highlights and international tour dates for the upcoming sales of property from the Clark Family Collection. As one of the nation’s wealthiest men at the turn of the 20th century, William Andrews (W.A.) Clark's (1839-1925) name is synonymous with American aspiration, having built a successful personal empire in multiple industries, most notably copper mining. His vast wealth allowed him to pursue a lifelong passion for art and culture that he shared with his wife and daughters, who expanded the family collection over the decades. In total, over 400 items, including fine art, musical instruments, Gilded Age furnishings, decorative arts, and rare books collected by two generations of the Clark family will be offered for sale at Christie’s this spring, opening a new chapter in the story of one of the cornerstone dynasties of the Industrial Age in America.

Four masterworks by Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir will be presented in the Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art at Christie’s New York on May 6, followed by a dedicated sale titled An American Dynasty: The Clark Family Treasures on June 18. Highlights of the collection will be shared with the public through a series of preview exhibitions around the globe in the coming weeks, beginning with an unveiling of the Impressionist and Modern works at Christie’s London that runs through February 4, 2014. The total collection is expected to realize in excess of $50 million.

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Los Angeles—Bonhams sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts on February 10 will include a selection of photographs of Beijing and old China by John David Zumbrun, an American-born photographer who owned one of two photographic studios in Beijing from 1910-1929. Zumbrun was witness to a number of the important events of the time such as the fall of the Qing Dynasty in the 1911 Revolution and the Student Revolution of 1919 as well an observer of life in the city and in the surrounding countryside. One of the highlights of the collection is a nearly six-foot long panorama of Beijing (est. $20,000-$30,000), capturing the great political center at a time long before the major expansions of the post-war period.

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OLD GREENWICH, CT—March 14/15/16, 2014: The Ephemera Society of America (ESA) and Flamingo Eventz  are proud to announce that Ephemera 34—the 34th annual Ephemera Society of America International Paper Fair and Conference—will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT on March 14/15/16, 2014. Treat yourself to a special weekend of conferences, presentations & the finest Ephemera Fair in America! Come learn, talk with collectors and dealers in all the worlds of vintage paper—from historical papers to funky rock posters, it's all here.

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 29, 2014)—Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, will now be the subject of the highly anticipated new unscripted series, Celebrity Home Raiders on the Lifetime Television Network. Celebrities welcome viewers into their homes for a trip down memory lane and an exclusive look into their lives and prized possessions in Lifetime’s all-new unscripted series Celebrity Home Raiders. The series premieres Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 10pm ET/PT.

In each half-hour episode of Celebrity Home Raiders, host Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood Live) and renowned auctioneers Darren Julien and Martin Nolan from Julien’s Auctions reminisce with celebrities as they search through their belongings for beloved treasures to be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting a charity of each celebrity’s choice. The stars invite Kit, Darren and Martin into their homes to discuss the history and sentiment of their personal memorabilia while haggling over each item’s value. Potential items up for auction include David Hasselhoff’s replica of KITT from Knight Rider, an Axe guitar owned and used by Gene Simmons from KISS, and many other highly coveted items. Will the objects’ final price meet the celebrities’ expectation and—more importantly—will they reach their charitable donation goals?

New York, NY, January 28, 2014—A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play (February 14-May 18) presents an eclectic selection of eighty-five photographic works arranged in a continuous sequence that provocatively links images divergent in format, scale, process, and historical period. The first exhibition organized by the Morgan’s new Department of Photography, established in 2012 with Joel Smith as Richard L. Menschel Curator and department head, the exhibition draws on the great range of photography’s functions, from folk art to Conceptual art and from astronomy to law enforcement. It also highlights the creative role played by collectors in bringing the many voices and purposes of the medium into critical focus. Objects in the exhibition are drawn from the holdings of the Morgan and twenty-five private collectors, including artists who collect.

Books giving accounts of some of the sensational trials of the 18th century are to be sold at Bonhams on 5 March as part of the sale of rare and historic European law books from the collection of the Los Angeles County Law Library.

All kinds of offences and issues are covered—from murder, fraud, and adultery to an argument over the patent granted to Richard Arkwright’s Spinning Jenny and an attempt by a slave to have himself declared a free man.

New Haven, Conn.—The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University today announced its acquisition of the papers of Italian writer and activist Gianfranco Sanguinetti, a key figure in the Situationist International avant-garde protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

The archive features more than 650 letters between Sanguinetti and Guy Debord, the French theorist, writer, and filmmaker who founded the Situationist International [SI], a group of intellectuals and artists that blended Marxist theory and 20th century avant-garde art into a comprehensive critique of capitalist society. The majority of these letters have never been published.

The Greatest Library of its Kind, this Exceptional Collection Includes: 

  • Original Cloth Samples Collected during Captain Cook’s Voyages to the Pacific 
  • The First Map to Show Captain Cook’s Discoveries in Australia and New Zealand 
  • The First Book Printed in Antarctica—Ernest Shackleton’s Aurora Australis (1908) 
  • First-Editions by Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh, Captain Cook, Darwin, Scott and Shackleton 

FIRST AUCTION 27TH MARCH 2014 

Over a series of four auctions starting on 27th March 2014*, Sotheby’s will present the most magnificent collection of books charting the discovery of the world ever to emerge on the market. Recounting intrepid stories of Britain’s finest adventurers from the sixteenth century to the 1930s, the private library of some 1,500 rare and important books—all written in English—has been carefully assembled by collector Franklin Brooke-Hitching over four decades. Each and every book was handpicked for its exceptional condition.

ITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, is pleased to report upon another successful year with many notable sales of singular and uncommon books, art, posters, and ephemera of all kinds. All prices reported include buyer's premium.

An original oil stick drawing in Jean Michel Basquiat's characteristic graffiti style and bearing his name was sold in July. This piece had not been on the market since it was purchased at a Belgian gallery in 1990 and it brought $38,130. Another unique item went on the block in November: a Victorian autograph album filled with the signatures of scores of exceptional people, including U.S. Grant, W.T. Sherman, Philip Sheridan, Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, H.R.H. Prince Arthur, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others. This remarkable book received a high bid of $7,073.

William Morris’ The Wood Beyond The World, one of the earliest fantasy novels, sold for £2,196 alongside other printed books and works on paper at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Bibliophile Sale on Thursday 23rd January.

William Morris was a writer, artist and textile designer who was heavily involved in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Arts and Crafts movement, of which he was the leader. The movement was developed during the 1850s by a group of friends who supported traditional artistic processes and, later, supported social and economic reform. As a designer, William Morris was a passionate believer that the design and manufacture of a product should not be separated and he insisted on learning the techniques and understanding the materials used in anything produced in his workshop. He said, "without dignified, creative human occupation people became disconnected from life."

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Amherst, N.H.—An extremely rare Academy Award medal for still photography, presented in 1947 to Earnest Bachrach sold for $45,049 on Wednesday, according to Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction.

A revered photographer of Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age,’ Bachrach was given the medal by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for his work on Crossfire and The Farmer’s Daughter.

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NEW YORK—On April 7, Bonhams will offer nearly 300 specially selected items from the world-renowned Caren Archive. The sale encompasses rare newspapers, broadsides, photographs, books, and manuscripts dating from the 16th century through the 1960s. 

The Caren Archive, comprising over a million items, is the largest and most significant private collection of historical paper in America. Proprietor Eric Caren, who began collecting as a child, retains a particular passion for the artifacts of major events and news stories: “I understood even as a small boy that they were special…that they offered a chance to travel across space and time, to be in the historical moment and to experience it as those at the time did.”

Los Angeles—2014 promises to be an exciting year for the discerning book collector as Bonhams brings to auction a tasteful selection of ornithology, photography, art, and literature in its Fine Books and Manuscripts auction on February 10, set to coincide with the annual California ABAA Bookfair in Pasadena.

The sale opens with a strong selection of ornithological titles, including the Lockwood octavo edition of Audubon's Birds of America (est. $15,000-20,000), John Gould's A Monograph of the Trogonidae... ($16,000-18,000), Mathews' The Birds of Australia and The Birds of Norfolk (est. $15,000-25,000) and Rothschild's The Avifauna of Laysan and the Neighboring Islands (est. $15,000-25,000), one of the first and most important books on Hawaiian birds.  This section, which all originates from the same source, also includes some handsome original artwork, including a Louis Agassiz Fuertes watercolor of Germain's Peacock Pheasant and Pea Hen and Charles Robert Knight's oil of three Lady Amherst's Pheasants (each est. $4,000-6,000).

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New York, NY, January 21, 2014—The New-York Historical Society has acquired a first edition of Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives, heavily annotated by the author with pages scrawled with moral indignation towards slumlords, asides about tenement residents, and copyedits. It was donated by Ted Gup, who recently wrote a New York Times op-ed on his purchase of the volume and the continuing resonance of a work that attacked the conscience of America’s Gilded Age, invigorating generations of investigative journalists and social reformers.

“I cannot imagine a more appropriate home for this Jacob Riis volume than the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library of the New-York Historical Society,” said Dr. Michael Ryan, Vice President and Director of the Klingenstein Library. “Our collection holds over 200 original prints of his photographs, all first editions of his books, and still larger holdings of the social service agencies and organizations that were ignited by his work. We are grateful to Mr. Gup for donating this volume to New-York Historical to mark the centennial of Riis’s death.”

Boston, MA, January 21, 2014—ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched ongoing primetime series, is offering one lucky fan a "Golden Ticket" experience in the Windy City. The 11-time Emmy® nominated series is providing "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes entrants the chance to win a VIP trip for two to the July 26 ROADSHOW event in Chicago, Illinois, including a backstage tour and a chance to have their own attic heirlooms appraised. Enter to win now through Monday, May 12 at pbs.org/roadshowsweeps.

"The lucky fan who wins the golden ticket will have an unforgettable ROADSHOW experience in Chicago," says ANTIQUES ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "We'll be providing the winner and his or her guest the exclusive chance to see the inner workings of the show, go behind the scenes to meet the appraisers, and find out if their favorite yard sale find is ROADSHOW's next hidden treasure."

AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of American poet Billy Collins. The materials span Collins’ personal and professional life from the 1950s to the present and documents in detail his creative development.  

Collins, born in 1941, is known as a poet for the people, with a witty, conversational style that welcomes readers and illuminates the profound details of everyday life. He has described the beginning of his poems as “a kind of welcome mat … inviting the reader inside.” This accessible style and public presence have garnered a wide following, and from 2001 to 2003 he served as Poet Laureate of the United States.

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Amherst, N.H.—Paul Newman’s remarkable working script for the 1973 film, The Sting, will be auctioned next week by New Hampshire-based RR Auction.

The 129-page hand-notated script is labeled “Final Draft Screenplay / The Sting / No. 02062 / dated December 14, 1972."

Script is notated throughout by Newman on approximately 35 pages, with a few of his questions about the plot jotted down on the final page, reading: “Pg 14, 20, 26, 27. Work on the cards. Did Lonnigan ever pay Gondorff the fifteen grand? Evelyn Woods. Does the whole Loretta stuff work—gunman, etc.” Commenting on a scene within the script, he comments on a character’s actions, “I think Coleman got his six biggest haul yet and decides to go straight,” and criticizes some of the dialogue as “soft.”

The first book in English to compile laws on the rights of women is to be sold at Bonhams on 5 March as part of the sale of rare and historic European law books from the collection of the Los Angeles County Law Library.

The book, entitled The Lawes Resolutions of Women’s Rights: or the Lawes, Provision for Women, was compiled by Thomas Edgar and sold by John Grove in 1632. Estimated at £2,000-3,000 it is the earliest work in English on the laws and rights applicable to women including issues such as divorce, polygamy, promises of marriage and rape.

Fairfield, ME—James D. Julia, Inc. one of the nation's top ten antique auction houses, is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed and updated website, which went live January 18, 2014. This essential resource for anyone in the antiques and auctions communities can be found online by clicking here. This new, intuitive, easy to navigate website was reengineered to offer quick and easy access to important information on the company, current auctions, and sales information and is part of Julia’s ongoing efforts to provide the highest quality products, services, and content to buyers and sellers of fine art, antiques, firearms, and collectibles worldwide. 

Julia’s new website features a clean, contemporary interface which elegantly reflects the organization’s core branding, values, and legacy. An enhanced “about us” section, aptly named “Inside Julia’s,” provides an insider’s perspective on the almost 60 year background of the company, as well as an overview of the company’s founding priorities as articulated by James Julia himself more than 40 years ago. The company’s specialty divisions—Rare Firearms; Fine Art, Asian, and Antiques; Lamp and Glass, and Advertising, Toy, and Doll—are each brought to life in an easy to navigate, image rich fashion.

Amherst, N.H —An incredibly rare Beatles signed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sold for $175,698 on Wednesday, according to Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction.

The U.K. Parlophone Records first issue mono pressing of the album, signed on the full-color gatefold in dark ballpoint by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, and in black felt tip by George Harrison.

Christie’s is honored to confirm it has been entrusted with the sale of property from the Clark Family Collection. In the spring of 2012, Christie’s International successfully sold jewelry and real estate from the Estate of Huguette M. Clark on behalf of the Honorable Ethel J. Griffin, New York County’s Public Administrator, by the authority of the Surrogate’s Court of the State of New York, County of New York. This next series of sales, to be held in the spring of 2014, will feature fine art, musical instruments, Gilded Age furnishings, decorative arts and rare books owned by the Clark family, including a number of items first acquired by Senator William A. Clark, who established the family’s fortune in the late 1800s. These never-before-seen family treasures will open a new chapter in the story of the Clarks, who stand among the cornerstone dynasties of the Industrial Age in America.

All further details about the contents of the sales and will be announced in late January.

Amherst, MA (January 2014)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is proud to present an exhibition featuring the work of Bernard Waber, author and illustrator of more than thirty picture books including Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Fast Food! Gulp! Gulp!, Lorenzo, and The House on East 88th Street. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber, curated by children’s literature expert Leonard S. Marcus, will be on view from March 18 through June 8, 2014. The exhibition will honor Waber’s life’s work, featuring 85 of his witty and imaginative illustrations. Support for the exhibition has been generously provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

About the Artist and His Books

Waber, who died last May at the age of 91, grew up in Depression-era Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia School of Art. For most of his adult life, he lived in New York City, working as a designer for publishing companies and magazines such as Condé Nast, Time Inc., Seventeen, and Life. It wasn’t until he began reading bedtime stories to his children that picture-book writing became his calling. Waber began submitting his stories to publishing houses, and eventually Houghton Mifflin offered him a two-book contract for Lorenzo and The House on East 88th Street.

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NEW YORK—On Thursday, February 13, Swann Galleries’ African-American Fine Art department will offer a curated auction titled Shadows Uplifted, which highlights the development of African-American artists in the 19th century and early 20th century.

The auction includes 82 lots of paintings, sculptures, drawings, fine prints and photographs by artists who emerged from the shadows of academic and genre painting, and defined a new visual culture during the Harlem Renaissance and WPA eras. The auction’s title is taken from Frances Harper’s 1892 book, Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted, one of the first novels written by an African-American female author. The struggles faced by African-American visual artists at the turn of the century mirror those of the book’s protagonist—a young woman in the antebellum South.

SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has acquired an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts by Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), considered one of the greatest English prose satirists of the 20th century. The collection establishes The Huntington as one of the premier centers of Waugh studies in the world.

The trove—with some 250 rare books and reference books and 135 letters and manuscripts—is a gift of Loren and Frances Rothschild; Loren is a longtime book collector and current member of The Huntington’s five-person board of trustees.

Believed to be the largest in the world, a collection of Harp music is to be offered alongside antiquarian books and works on paper in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ first Bibliophile sale of 2014 on Thursday 23rd January. 

A series of manuscript pieces entitled Romances for the Harp by one of the most notable harpists of the Romantic period, Parish Alvars, is offered as one of 242 items from The Morley Collection of harp music. Circa 1840, 15 of the 95 pieces are accompanied by texts by Thomas Moore, Lord Byron and Edward Moore.  This lot is estimated at £2,500-3,500. [Lot 346]

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January 15, 2014—BENTONVILLE, AR—Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house, known as the Bachman Wilson House, located in the Borough of Millstone in Somerset County, N.J. Built in 1954 along the Millstone River, the house has been encroached upon by the river and surrounding landscape over the past decades. Due to repeated flooding, the house has sustained significant damage and relocation has been recommended as a means of best preserving the structure. The owners conducted a multi-year search for a purchaser that could provide an appropriate setting and context for the historic building.  Crystal Bridges has now acquired the home, which will be disassembled and moved to Bentonville. There, it will be reassembled on Crystal Bridges’ 120-acre grounds.

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LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2014)—In commemoration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth in 2014, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair (Book Fair) will pay tribute to the Bard when it opens its doors to the public from February 7-9 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  The bi-annual Southern California rare book extravaganza that brings together the world's foremost dealers, collectors and scholars, the Book Fair will present a special exhibit featuring some of the finest expressions of Shakespeare through the centuries. 

The 53rd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

For Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the biggest values in life were neither the state finances nor his immense private property, but the books of his personal library. Heinrich Heine regarded the world of books as the most powerful universe mankind ever created. And for Jorge Luis Borges the library simply was his paradise. Some of the most beautiful items of this “capital”, “universe” or “paradise” will be presented at the 53rd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair from 24th to 26th January 2014 in the elegant rooms of the Württemberg Art Museum, opposite to the Palace, next to the Palace Garden and directly in the city centre of Stuttgart.

82 leading rare book dealers from Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States will showcase bibliophile treasures from the Middle Ages to avant-garde and contemporary artists’ books. Magnificently illuminated manuscripts, milestones of science, autographs by famous artists, scientists, philosophers, and authors, first editions, children’s books, press books, musical scores, photographies, prints, and Japanese woodcuts along with beautifully illustrated accounts of adventurous voyages to the “edge of the world” (and beyond): The fascination of book collecting lies in its unlimited variety, and there is no better place to explore this unlimited variety than an antiquarian book fair.

New Haven, Conn.—Three exhibitions opening Saturday, Jan. 18, at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library explore an eclectic mix of subjects: a cultural history of the color blue, decorated endpapers in books, and the documentary legacy of a noted British bon vivant.

“Blue: Color and Concept”: Jan. 18-April 19

“Blue: Color and Concept” tracks a single idea across the Beinecke’s collections to provide a cultural history of the color blue in 19th- and 20th-century arts and letters.

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DALLAS—The rarest and most famous of all U.S. currency notes, the legendary 1890 $1,000 Treasury Note, popularly referred to as the “Grand Watermelon note”—due to the design of the large zeroes on the reversed side of the bill, resembling watermelons—became the single most valuable piece of currency in existence when it sold for $3,290,000 on Friday, Jan. 10, far exceeding its pre-auction estimate of $2 million.

It was sold by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions as part of the company’s Florida United Numismatics (FUN) Convention Rare Currency Auction in Orlando, FL, part of a series of auctions the firm conducted last week that have grossed more than $105 million total, the largest numismatic auction in history.

An important archive of material relating to William Penn and his family over several generations is to be sold at Bonhams Gentleman’s Library Sale in London on 28th January. The 25 lots, which are being offered individually, are estimated to make a total of up to £40,000. 

William Penn is a significant figure in American history. He founded what is now the state of Pennsylvania on land given to him by the English King Charles II in settlement of a debt. A prominent Quaker, Penn was a strong advocate of both democratic freedoms and religious tolerance, beliefs he applied when he landed in America in 1682 to take possession of his lands. Many of the principles he laid down in the framework of government for the new Province of Pennsylvania were later enshrined in the US constitution.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.—Waverly Auctions’ Jan. 16 Catalog Sale features antique maps, books, atlases and documents from some of the country’s finest private collections. Bidding will commence at 6 p.m., at Quinn’s & Waverly Rare Books’ gallery in Falls Church, Va. (suburban Washington, D.C.), and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Maps comprise a particularly strong category within the 311-lot auction and are led by Lot 209, a 1632 Gerard Mercator Atlas that is complete with engraved title and 179 maps. The atlas is a cylindrical map projection attributable to Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator. In its day, it became the standard map projection for nautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant course as straight segments, thus conserving the angles with the meridians. The Gerard Mercator Atlas in Waverly’s sale is expected to make $7,000-$10,000.

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New York—Swann Galleries’ 2014 auction of 20th Century Illustration on January 23 offers rare, sought-after original works of art by well-known illustrators, cartoonists and children’s book creators, including early examples by Dr. Seuss, delightfully dark works by Edward Gorey and illustrations from magazines ranging from The New Yorker to Playboy.

There are five original illustrations by Dr. Seuss—aka Theodor Geisel—which include a circa 1930s drawing for a Flit Insecticide ad depicting two insects facing off against one another with Flit guns darting from their eyes, titled The Mortal Enemies (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000)From the dawn of the Second World War, is Seuss’s pen and ink advertisement for New Departure Ball Bearings, with a pipe-smoking man operating a motorized contraption that employs dogs on a treadmill—two of the canines drawn for this ad are similar to those seen in the book The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, published 16 years later ($15,000 to $20,000).

Bonhams will sell an archive of rare historical documents, coins and medals created and owned by Augustin Dupré, who was at the heart of the coin and medal design and mint operation for both Louis XVI and Napoleon Bonaparte as well as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.  

The collection will be on show at Bonhams in London, Paris and New York prior to a sale in New York on 2nd April 2014. It will be sold as one lot for an estimated $300,000 to $500,000.

BOSTON, MA, January 6, 2014—ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched primetime series, has announced its Summer 2014 Tour destinations: Bismarck, North Dakota; Santa Clara, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and Charleston, West Virginia.

Programs recorded in those locations will make up the 11-time Emmy® Award nominated production's 19th broadcast season on PBS, airing in 2015.

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Pop go the pop-up books in a lively public exhibition at the Grolier Club drawn from the collection of Ellen G. K. Rubin.  On view from January 23 thorough March 15, 2014 in the second floor Members’ Gallery, the exhibition showcases the full range of artwork by the major Czech paper engineer, children’s book illustrator, and graphic designer Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992).  It celebrates the centennial of Kubasta’s graphic artistry in paper, pencil and scissors.

Focusing on his creativity and diversity, the exhibition includes more than 100 objects that highlight Kubašta’s passion for Prague, Mozart, and children.  Woven throughout is the social and political climate in which he worked, first under the Nazi occupation and followed by Soviet domination.  The Prague Uprising of May 5-9, 1945 against the Germans is spotlighted in his lithographs and other works that he illustrated.  Working behind the Iron Curtain, Kubašta continued to illustrate books, advertisements, and ephemera.  One section of the exhibition is devoted to his non-pop up works which are relatively unknown.

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Amherst, N.H.—An extraordinarily rare sketch leaf manuscript by the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven will be auctioned later this month by the New Hampshire-based RR Auction.

The historically important one-page autographed sketch leaf for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is believed to be circa 1820-21. In ink and pencil, Beethoven pens his ideas for the Sanctus, Benedictus, and Gloria sections of the Missa Solemnis.

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